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Met vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke at the Oakland Veg Fest 2017. Super nice guy btw!

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Me and my bestie with Brody Jenner in 2015

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Hubby and I at Laguna Beach, CA 2016


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When I first joined back in 2007, I was primarily using SPARKPEOPLE to see how I was doing with my nutrient intake. I was trying to see if I was getting all by body needed by eating a low fat, plant based vegan diet.

I look forward to making new friends here. It helps so much to see the pages of other people who have accomplished their goals and follow the progress of those trying to reach their goals like myself.

My goal is to lose 50 pounds.

Member Since: 1/5/2007

Fitness Minutes: 10,586

My Goals:
Lose 40 pounds (25 down!)
Round 2 Starting 8/2/15: Lose 64 lbs (lost 20)
Round 3 8/9/17: Lose 50 lbs

Eat lots fruit and vegetables - 9 or more servings a day.

Group strength training classes at least 3 days a week.

Weight lifting 4 days a week

Track food and exercise everyday!

My Program:
Eat between 1200 and 1550 calories a day.

I believe that eating a low fat and plant based diet is optimal but somedays I struggle with being 100%. I eat lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes and watch my calories and fat intake.

My biggest passion is running. When I first started, I was in a neverending cycle of shin splints. Then I tried running on grass and it has made a world of difference! I wish I had more freedom but I'm also happy that I found what works for me. On the days I don't run, I like to make circuits in my living room and watch tv while doing them. I have a few Jillian Michaels DVD's but I get really bored with them.

Personal Information:
I am 47 years old and 5 foot 4 and 1/2. I'm married and have two awesome girls, ages 20 and 18. We have a 9 year old black lab named Ben whom we all adore! I currently live in Sacramento, CA.

Other Information:
I really love learning about health and nutrition. I was 18 years old when I read the book "The McDougall Plan" and became passionate about health and nutrition ever since. I find that tracking my calories and eating the most nutrient dense foods I can really works for me. Some of my favorite books are by Dr. John McDougall, Neal Barnard, and T. Colin Campbell.

I love being in nature and going on walks and hikes. Gardening, birds, and makeup! :)

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    Congrats on Day2! Maybe you could do just walking or biking or swim on the in-between days? Or strength exercises?
    3957 days ago
    Thanks for your comments on my blog. I am no running expert but I'm wondering, have you just started Jillian Michaels or have you been doing it for a while? If it was me, I wouldn't try to start 2 new things at once. I had been doing Slim in Six for strength training/circuit training for about 3 months before I started C25K. I think that helped me because I had strengthened my muscles before starting to run. Plus I was always a walker.

    I have had athritis in my knees for years but just losing about 12 pounds so far has helped, along with the strength training. My knees don't bother very much when running so far. But if they did, I don't think I would push too much. Like you, I'm afraid of doing more harm than good.

    I've really learned a lot from the C25K team forums, and the week by week ones where everyone supports each other are great.

    BTW, just wanted to say that when you posted on my blog and I looked at your picture, I seriously thought you were a 20-something. When I saw your page, I couldn't believe you were 40!

    Best of luck to you on C25K...keep me posted on how you're doing.
    3958 days ago
    Thanks for the add and congratulations on starting the C25K program!

    Good luck to you!
    3959 days ago
    Welcome to the Team, glad to see you and I like your page, look forward to seeing you around. emoticon
    3960 days ago
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